The little Verla mill community on the borders of Jaala and Valkeala in the Kymi river valley of Southeast Finland dates back to the 1870s, at a time when the region began its development into the leading centre of the Finnish forest industry. Within its rural setting, the area includes mills, power plants and workers’ housing.
Verla was inscribed in the UNESCO Wolrd Heritage List in 1996.
Verla Mill community includes the Mill Museum with guided tours, a café and many small boutiques and shops where the local craftspeople display and sell their products. Idyllic cottages built in the late 19th and early 20th and which were once inhabited by Verla mill workers are now rented out to holiday-makers.